Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review: The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathan Rogers

This was an enjoyable read about a boy named Grady believed to be an orphan that basically went from town to town as a circus attraction. A feechie was the name he was branded with. And all in all Grady accepted it until one day everything changed and his eyes were opened and he discovered something he only dreamed about. To summarize... As far back as he can remember, the orphan Grady has tramped from village to village with a huckster named Floyd, pulling a variety of hoaxes and flimflams on the good citizens of the Cornwald frontier. It's a hard way to make a living, made harder by the memory of fatter times when audiences thronged to see Grady perform as "The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp." But what can they do? No one believes in feechies anymore. Unless Floyd and Grady make them believe. Armed with the tricks of their trade, the charlatan and his boy set out to create another Great Feechie Scare, which Floyd swears will make them rich. But while Grady longs for the days when he played the feechie, he can't stop wondering if, after a life of lies, he'll ever know who he really is.

Here is chapter one from the book:

 "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."